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Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
– Charles Simic
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Poetry is certainly something more than good sense, but it must be good sense at all events just as a palace is more than a house, but it must be a house, at least.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
– Thomas Hardy
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Poetry is indispensable --if I only knew what for.
– Jean Cocteau
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Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
– Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko
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Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those we have personality and emotion know what it means to want to escape from these things.
– Emily Dickinson
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Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion…
– T. S. Eliot
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Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
– Allen Ginsberg
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Poetry is our heart, our spirit, our soul. Call it whatever; without it, everything else is nothing but hardware.
– Vanna Bonta
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Poetry is the achievement of the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
– Carl Sandburg
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Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions.
– Joseph Roux
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Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
– David Hare
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Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.
– Christopher Fry
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Poetry is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.
– Lord Byron
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Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds.
– Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.
– William Wordsworth
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Poetry is the utterance of deep and heartfelt truth. The true poet is very near the oracle.
– Edward Hubbell Chaplin
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Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul.
– Henrik Ibsen, Norweigen Playwright
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Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
– Robert Frost
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Poetry is what is lost in translation.
– Robert Frost
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Poetry isn't an activity, it's a way life is lived.
– Vanna Bonta
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Poetry makes nothing happen. It survives in the valley of its saying.
– W. H. Auden
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Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
– Denis Diderot
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Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance.
– M. C. Richards
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Poetry reveals to us the loveliness of nature, brings back the freshness of youthful feelings, reviews the relish of simple pleasures, keeps unquenched the enthusiasm which warmed the springtime of our being, refines youthful love, strengthens our interest in human mature, by vivid delineations of its tenderest and softest feelings, and through the brightness of its prophetic visions, helps faith to lay hold on the future life.
– William E. Channing
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